BarCampHouston is August 25th

I happened to find this by accident this morning and I’ve been looking for an event like this in Houston for a long time.  There will be a BarCampHouston held on Saturday, August 25th at the Houston Technology Center (HTC).  I plan on attending now that I know about it and if you’re in Houston you should plan on attending too.  BarCamp events are totally cool and there will be a lot of good sessions held.  The event starts at 9 am and will probably last all day so see you there.  Don’t forget to sign up at the wiki.  There is also a Facebook group for the event (which is how I found out about it).  Here’s a map of the HTC:


What is BarCampHouston?

BarCampHouston is anun-conference BarCamp event created to bring technologists, designers,entrepreneurs and web enthusiasts from the Greater Houston areatogether to learn and network.


Tethering on AT&T is expressly prohibited, is enforcement next?

Att_tethering_rulesWe hit up the local AT&T store last night to change my iPhone plan to a family plan (more on that later) and I looked into adding a USB HSDPA modem to my mobile arsenal. I didn’t pull the trigger just yet, but I did grab the latest data plan flyer that contains the plan info, terms and conditions, etc… Since I’m a new AT&T customer, I don’t know if the older flyers contained the same info, but this one is dated June of 2007. There’s a specific footnote on every single data plan except for the DataConnect (which is the aircard type of plan) and the monthly 20 MB PDA Personal Plan: it states "Tethering is prohibited on these plans." It wasn’t that long ago when most folks didn’t know the term "tethering" and this is the first time I’ve seen it mentioned in writing from a carrier.

Again, this info may have always been there (it’s been a while since I looked at data plans), but you can bet if this is documented here and in the plan TOS, there’s a good chance the free-piggyback that tethering provides is on the way out, confirming what we heard earlier. I didn’t specifically ask my sales rep about this even though he seemed generally knowledgeable; I’ll certain do so if I pull the trigger on the 3G USB modem. He only had one in stock last night and boy was it tempting…

Which Nokia N Series Phone Will Be A Hit?

At the Nokia OpenStudio event in New York, I got to play with most of the Nokia N Series phones, and walked away with distinct impression that the only two models that might prove to be commercial hits were Nokia N73 (candy bar) and Nokia N75 (flip phone for US market.) Given that it was one man’s opinion, I wanted to put the question to you, and to help you have cobbled together a little graphic of N80, N73, N75 and N95. Make your pick… and predict the future. (PS: if you don’t much care about Nokia, let me know which phone could be your musicphone of choice and why? iPhone is not a real product, so lets leave that one out.)

Students get discounted price on TEO 3.0

I have made it clear how important I feel that TEO 3.0 is for Tablet owners who use Outlook so I won’t rehash that here.  I think that TEO is worth every penny of the normal $49.99 price but Josh Einstein has stepped up and offered students a special discounted price of $29.99.  This price is a steal so you students who use a Tablet PC should jump all over this.  Way to go, Josh.

(via The Student Tablet PC)


Darren is a Tablet PC Evangelist

Darren of Tablet Minds gave a demo of the Tablet PC to educators yesterday and as usually happens when you demo the Tablet to those who have not been exposed to the ink and slate he had a successful show!

I even had applause when I was finished. It is very likely they will have me back for a longer session.

It is obvious that Darren had a good time with the demo given the mention of “jaw-dropping moments”. It is great to see more people getting exposed to the power of the Tablet PC through the efforts of enthusiasts like Darren. Here’s my favorite line from his post:

My name is Darren, and I am a Tablet PC Evangelist.

It feels good, doesn’t it Darren? Well done.

Sextel Stepping Away From LoCo

Sprint-Nextel is moving ahead with its plans to spin-off the local wireline business (LoCo), according to a “registration statement Form 10-12B” as per UBS Research. The documents show that the local business had revenues of $4.65 billion in the first three quarter of 2005. That works out to about $6 billion in sales. LoCo will have 7.4 million lines, making it roughly the fifth largest local phone company in the country.

LoCo will have roughly 20,000 employees at the time of the spin-off. The good news is that LoCo employees will get to keep their pension plans. The Local Biz will also be an MVNO arrangement for Sprint Nextel and a new brand name will be announced in 1Q06 with the spin on track to occur in the second quarter. The LoCo will have a new board of directors including William A. Owens, former CEO of Nortel Networks Corp and Daniel R. Hesse, CEO of Sprint Nextel Local Telecommunications Division.

Excellent review of Windows desktop search tools

Ars Technica has looked at all the major desktop search tools available and written a very thorough review and comparison of the programs.  They review the following search tools:  Google Desktop, Copernic Desktop, MSN Desktop Suite, Yahoo Desktop and Ask Jeeves Dekstop Search.  This a thorough review that highlights the author’s pros and cons for each tool.  Anyone who is trying to decide which tool might fit their needs best should start with this article.  The author’s personal favorite:  MSN Desktop Suite.

Buffett, Soros love CableCos

Given the recent decline in cable company stock prices, it is not surprising that smart money is giving a closer look to the sector. According to a Bloomberg report, Billionaire investors Warren Buffett and George Soros have increased their holdings of U.S. cable television companies. The cableco shares declined after a blaze of news coverage for Baby Bells and their fiber plans. But the two of the smartest investors know that it will be a few years before Bells can catch up, and even then Cable companies have a good chance of consolidating their positions not only against fiber, but also against satellite television operators.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. doubled its stake in Comcast Corp., the world’s largest cable-television operator, to 10 million shares in the fourth quarter, the investment holding company said in a filing yesterday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The stake was valued at $328.4 million as of Dec. 31, the filing said. Soros Fund Management LLC purchased 2.6 million shares of Time Warner Inc., operator of the No. 2 U.S. cable business, according to a filing with the SEC. Those shares were valued at $50.5 million as of Dec. 31, according to the filing. New York- based Soros Fund Management reported no holdings of Time Warner during the third quarter.